On the Roads
Another ‘beast from the east’ descended on Britain on the weekend of the 18th March. Many athletes had been training for weeks, and looking forward to racing some great races to herald the coming of spring. Recently the Trafford 10k and the Arley Hall had had to be cancelled for safety reasons and we were all thinking ‘this can’t happen again, can it?’
On the Friday before the Wilmslow Half Marathon all messages were positive that it would go ahead but in the early hours of Sunday morning it was confirmed that the race was off. The snow and ice had won again. Matt Harrison was not to be put off and hurried off to Wigan for an alternative race only to find that Wigan was blighted too and that race was cancelled.
One race that survived the conditions was the Trimpell 20. Unfortunately didn’t go too well for Marinda Breddy, she got to mile 17.5 and passed out! Hyperthermia set in and shut her whole system down. She spent many hours in Lancaster infirmary but luckily all the tests they did came back negative, so simply the sheer cold got the better of her. She’s all fine now and fully recovered but rather upset she didn’t finish. Results.
Andy Carlin had a great run to set a time of 2:02:02 coming in 5th with Rob Dunn not far behind in 9th place with a time of 2:09:25. Great running in those conditions.
In Blackpool the Sweatshop Bispham 10 took place up and down a cold and windy promenade. This race incorporated the Northern Masters 10mile championships which attracted some top vets from across the North West. First Sale Harrier home was Duane Gaunt who was 3rd senior male with a time of 1:09:50.
Next came the evergreen Jackie Cordingley winning the Northern Masters 10 mile championship gold medal F55 category. She was also 2nd F55 in a time of 1:17:24.
Franciska de Vries who is still breast feeding her daughter Niska, had a great run to get the prize for 3rd F35 with a time of 1:18:28.
Frank Cordingley despite suffering from a head cold and recurring Achilles pain managed to be 4th V55 and collected the silver medal in the Northern Masters 10 mile championships. Results.
The Wilmslow Half Marathon has been re-scheduled for the 24th of June and the Trafford 10k date has been set for the 2nd of September. Let’s hope for good weather.
Posted 22/03/2018 11:27